It’s another full Friday of premieres for those looking to stay home tonight. Between streaming, premium cable and even a high profile network finale, there’s something for everyone on TV tonight. Check out what’s new and plan your Friday night in.
PICK OF THE DAY
Hulu’s delightful new comedy takes us into the hilarious awkwardness of junior high. “Pen15” finds pre-teens Anna (Anna Konkle) and Maya (Maya Erskine) entering seventh grade expecting to share the same pivotal experiences. They want to kiss a boy together, drink a beer together, share a cigarette together and essentially grow up together. The girls’ 2000 set coming of age journey is simultaneously heartwarming and cringeworthy. Creators Erskine and Konkle made a hilariously smart decision to play their pre-teen selves, adding a new layer of comedy. Much like Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” “Pen15” features a tremendous amount of heart as it honors the massive stakes a seventh grade girl feels about getting the right haircut for the first day of school.
“White Dragon” (Amazon Prime)
How do you cope after your wife dies? That’s the question Professor Jonah Mulray (John Simm) asks himself after his wife, Megan (Dervia Kerwan) dies in Hong Kong from a car crash. Jonah travels to Hong Kong, only to find that Megan had a second husband, retired police officer David Chan (Anthony Wong in his first English role). The two team up to uncover the mystery around Megan’s death, which turns out may have been murder. The British TV series originally was released across the pond under the name “Strangers” this past September. Amazon Prime will release all eight episodes today.
“¡Nailed It! Mexico” (Netflix)
Those who loved the bake-off competition “Nailed It” with Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres are in for yet another tasty treat. Netflix premiers the Mexico spin-off of the show today, which more or less sticks to the central premise. Competitors with terrible baking records compete to see who can best recreate various tasty confections. The winner receives a trophy and $10,000 prize. “¡Nailed It! Mexico” is hosted by Omar Chaparro. It also features Anna Ruiz as the head judge.
Netflix’s hit series “One Day at a Time” drops its entire third season today. The remake of the Norman Lear sitcom focuses on the plight of a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles. Justina Machado headlines the show as Penelope, a single mother/veteran who tries to raise her two kids while also dealing with PTSD. Oscar winner Rita Moreno steals every scene as Penelope’s mother, Lydia. The first two seasons have been some of the best TV in recent memory. It manages to balance effortless old-school laughs with nuanced looks at LGBTQ+ issues, immigration, the treatment of veterans and illness. Hopefully season three continues the show’s stellar track record.
Gordon Ramsey crowns a winner in the Season 18 finale for “Hell’s Kitchen” on FOX. The episode airs at 8 p.m. ET. The show began with sixteen contestants ready to withstand high pressure challenges and plenty of curse words in order to be crowned the best chef. As of last episode, only Ariel Contreras-Fox has been named as a finalist. The last slot stands between either Bret Hauser or Mia Castro. This season pitted rookies against veterans. Two veterans remain, while rookie Castro looks to fight for the crown. Who will prevail? Tune in to find out.
MOVIES ON TV
Sports movies may be one of the most formulaic genres out there. However, Netflix has enlisted some top notch talent to make sure their latest film “High Flying Bird” gets off the ground. The film was directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) and written by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”). It tells the story of a sports agent (Andre Holland) who navigates a lockout in pro basketball to change the makeup of how the game is produced and played. This involves getting in the middle of a feuding league and power athletes. On top of supporting performances by Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and others, the film features cameos from real NBA athletes like Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell.
Meanwhile, Showtime features a brand new documentary tonight. “Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me” profiles the turbulent life of the titular R&B and soul artist in this documentary. The film spans from his early success in Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes through his chart topping hits, such as “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” as well as the tragic car accident that paralyzed him. It airs at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.
In the movie for something without Oscar or prestige connections? Make sure to tune in for a new Lifetime Original Film. “In Bed with a Killer” premieres on Lifetime Movies at 8 p.m. ET tonight. Upon moving to a new town with her daughter, Lena (Jennifer Taylor) meets Michael (Ryan Patrick Shanahan), who seems perfect. However, her “too good to be true” man has plenty of skeletons in his closet, both literally and figuratively.
Not interested in any of the new premieres, finales or streaming options? Check out these new episodes below:
- “20/20” (ABC) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” (CBS) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Blue Bloods” (CBS) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Blindspot” (CBS) at 8 p.m. ET
- “The Blacklist” (CBS) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Hell’s Kitchen” (FOX) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Dynasty” (CW) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Tanked: Skimmed” (Animal Planet) at 8 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET
- “Hanging with the Hendersons” (Animal Planet) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Tanked: Supersized” (Animal Planet) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Gold Rush: Pay Dirt” (Discovery) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Gold Rush” (Discovery) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Gold Rush: White Water” (Discovery) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Andi Mack” (Disney Channel) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Sydney to the Max” (Disney Channel) at 8:30 p.m. ET
- “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network) at 9 p.m. ET
- “America Says” (GSN) at 9 p.m. ET
- “My Lottery Dream Home” (HGTV) at 9 p.m. ET
- “The Wrong Confession” (ID) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’n Out” (MTV) at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. ET
- “Hard Time: Locked Up” (National Geographic) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Dateline: Secrets Uncovered” (Oxygen) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Praise” (TBN) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Dr. Pimple Popper” (TLC) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Ghost Adventures” (Travel Channel) at 9 p.m. ET
- “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars” (VH1) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Love After Lockup” (WE) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Extreme Love” (WE) at 10 p.m. ET